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Siemens Digital Industries Software, which owns Mentor Graphics, later closes locations nationwide

FILE PHOTO - Mentor Graphics in Wilsonville closed last week after an employee was suspected of contracting COVID-19.

Following a suspected case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, among workers at the Mentor Graphics campus in Wilsonville, Siemens Digital Industries Software (which owns Mentor Graphics) required employees at the campus to work from home for two weeks starting last Friday.

Siemens, which has its headquarters in Germany, acquired Mentor Graphics in 2017. There are approximately 1,500 employees at the Wilsonville campus.

Siemens Director of Global Communications Noah Cole, who works in Wilsonville, said the person suspected of contracting the virus had previous contact with a virus carrier, which led to the suspicion that they had contracted the virus. Cole said the company is awaiting test results to confirm or refute that suspicion.

However, the company has since asked its employees at locations across the United States to work from home.

"We're taking a global and country-specific approach to responding," Cole said. "At this point we have a lot of our employees working from home. It's good we're in a business where a lot of people can work from home. That enables us to continue working, doing our jobs and helping our customers despite our inability to be at work. We look forward to getting back to the office and having our employees back in Wilsonville as soon as we can."

Despite the two week measure, Cole said he "would be surprised" if the company asked employees to come back to the Wilsonville facility before Gov. Kate Brown's mandate of outlawing gatherings of 25 people or more, which is in effect for at least four weeks and excludes employers, is lifted.

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